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Architects crowdfund to build Lord of the Rings city

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A group of architects has launched a crowdfunding campaign to build a real-life Minas Tirith in the south of England

The group of architects and structural engineers is hoping to raise £1.85 billion to build a fully-functioning replica of film director Peter Jackson’s depiction of the fortified capital of Gondor from J R R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Led by architect Jonathan Wilson, the campaign, which has raised £16,517 since it launched 12 days ago, is aiming to raise money to buy a site, and pay for construction materials and labour.

Options on offer for donors range from a follow on twitter for a mere £3 up to £1.72 million for a four-bedroom penthouse in the city. So far all of the ten different housing options remain unclaimed.  

In a statement the group said: ‘We all share a love of Tolkien’s work, and a desire to challenge the common perception of community and architecture. We believe that, in realising Minas Tirith, we can create not only the most remarkable tourist attraction on the planet, but also a wonderfully unique place to live and work.’

If it reaches its funding target the group hopes to start work on the ambitious project by the end of 2016, and plans to complete building work in 2023.

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